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Out on Cleopatra Records the 6-6-16 – Luna 13 ‘The Dark Side Of the Sun’

Award-winning DeathTronica band, Luna 13, signed to Cleopatra Records, will release their new album ‘The Dark Side Of the Sun’ on 6-6-16. The album also has an upcoming single to look out for, entitled ‘Skin’. Other songs that caught our ear include the title track, as well as ‘Doll Face’ and ‘Venomous Love’. Luna 13 is one of the more unique and adventurous electronica metal outfits that emerged in 2012. Their forceful yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with no string instruments. Band member and music-maker Dr. Luna, creates a

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Justin Llamas: “Gold” – ease into these gorgeous melodies and enjoy!

Originating from the Bay Area, Justin Llamas first emerged online in 2010 when he started uploading covers to YouTube.  In only a few years he gained over 2 million video views and a loyal fan following.  His most popular video to date, a cover of Sia’s “Chandelier,” gained so much attention that it was even shared by the original artist on most of her social sites, gaining over 700,000 views. Justin even caught the eye of Vena Brewer, previous manager of Grammy-nominated artist Keyshia Cole. Now, Justin is releasing his debut EP entitled “Gold”.  The EP’s title song features vocals from

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“A Heart To Save” – the new single by Friends at the Falls

Friends at the Falls has released their brand new single, entitled “A Heart To Save”. The single is a fantastic grower that reveals judicious sonic layering, a strong melody, an interesting and less typical beat, and overall ambitious song execution. Simultaneously haunting and jubilant the Friends at the Falls have hit this new release on the head. The lyrics carve into space and time as the listener is assailed with sound, drawn and dragged into the scene. The musicianship is crisp and without distraction, and there is nothing superfluous, nothing wanting. Many times songs seem to be either music looking

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T’Neal – releases a new experimental mixtape titled “SWINGS”

T’Neal is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist based in The Nawf of Atlanta, Georgia. On a quest to create a different wave of music, he joined forces with producer / engineer Charlstonian to refine his unique approach to his blend of hip-hop and R&B. T’Neal’s tracks are punchy and upfront, connecting with listeners through energy, uplifting melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics. His flow echoes influential performers such as Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Outkast, Sade or Nas, among others. T’Neal has now released a new experimental mixtape titled “SWINGS”, mixed by Chalstonian. OFFICIAL LINKS: SOUNDCLOUD – VINTAGE MEDIA GROUP – TWITTER –

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Jreasn: “The Love Hate Album” is laden with highlights!

Jreasn is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to his blend of hip-hop. His music is all about connecting with listeners through powerful hooks, trap-infused beats and, a thought-provoking sense of lyrical flow; not unlike influential performers such as Nas, J Dilla or Shad, just to mention a few. Underlying any great success or accomplishment is a story of a tenacious struggle, an unyielding drive, and a passion great enough to persevere, to strive. This sentiment rings true for Buffalo rap talent, JReasn. Jreasn has recently dropped “The Love Hate Album”, featuring the lead single “That

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MaiKu – a specialist in electronic, acoustic engineering and creative wave-shaping

The electronic producer and classical instrumentalist, Michael O’Brien, known by his stage name ‘MaiKu’, hails from Salford in Manchester, UK. MaiKu has been producing and writing songs for several years; a specialist in electronic, acoustic engineering and creative wave-shaping, MaiKu cuts soulful roots and philosophy with vibrant editing techniques. In 2015, MaiKu created the label ‘Queasy Limbo Records’ with Remain Nameless (Derby Hip-Hop producer); who are both involved with the dance project ‘Kanuko’, and released his debut EP “Ology” in early 2016. MaiKu followed this up with an electronic/blues crossover “Malversation” in a collaboration with fellow Mancunian Jim Adama, succeeded

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D.Pierre: “More” – taken as a whole, the song delivers an aesthetic unity

UK based D.Pierre is lyricist, songwriter, director and producer who has an extensive background in video production. He has put himself right on the come-up with his latest single release “More”. Equipped with his own production, the song puts forward a sound that is, by and large, a productive synthesis of EDM, Pop and forward-thinking electronic. This is a product that is thoroughly progressive, yet accessible. On “More”, we find D.Pierre at his best, and a microcosm of his expression. The vocals plead and boast, stand strong, but defenseless with heartbreak – all on top of the masterful production. If

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AMERICAN MAFIA: “Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine” is as powerful, intense and phenomenal as anything put out in the 70s or 80s

Most old bands from the 80’s and beyond eventually end up missing the time in their lives when they were rock stars, so they get back into the studio and slop together some crappy tracks and capitalize on you buying it with the hopes that it would sound anything like the classic rock stuff did at the time…which it doesn’t. However, this is NOT one of those cases. AMERICAN MAFIA has come out with a stellar attempt to appeal to the current rock scene without sacrificing that signature 80’s style and sound. In fact, it sounds as though they listened

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Vivienne the Witch: “Shadowbox” – a combination of up-in-flames guitar riffs and subtle sweet hooks

Vivienne the Witch are Caterina Fuso (drums/backing vocals), Greta Fuso (vocals and bass), and Lucrezia Peppicelli (vocals and guitar). They started playing together as teenagers in a band called Twister. Having taken part in contests and festivals, as well as recording their first Ep, Twister changed its name to Vivienne the Witch and got noticed by Simone Lanari (El Topo Diablo) and Alessio Rosi who proposed that the band recorded a few songs in their studio. The end result is the 8-track album “Shadowbox”, recorded at Casaohm Recording Studios. The girls have also released a video for the single, “Dreams

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Corners of Sanctuary: “Metal Machine” – These guys came to ROCK and it shows!

Heavy Metal band, Corners of Sanctuary, first hit the music scene in 2011. In 2012, COS quickly began to gain momentum after releasing their first full‐length album titled Breakout. Soon after, COS signed with La Mazakuata Records in Mexico, which produced 2 follow up albums; Harlequin and Axe to Grind. Additional EPs, including Epilogue, Carry the Cross, December Wind and Merry Metal Xmas, Live at the Trocadero Theater and 2015’s Prelude to War, were also released. In late 2013, COS began working with Pure Steel Records in Germany, who re‐released both Harlequin, in 2013, and Axe to Grind, in 2014.

Toya Nash: “Him…” Edgy, Raw and Impassioned

Toya Nash is a classically trained mezzo-Soprano, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in Manhattan. She is also an accomplished actress of both stage and screen and can be seen in the feature, Trapped.

Toya also founded The LANA Company, her own line of natural bath and body products, as well as being the founder of Coach Your Craft, a coaching company for voice and acting. Toya is a strong believer in giving back, and often sponsors children and teens by offering free voice and acting workshops through Coach Your Craft.

Toya Nash has just released her debut EP, Him…, and she is currently performing at various venues throughout the US.

Toya has one heck of a voice and the kind of secure yet relaxed performance style which carries the Ep through with convincing, energetic and charismatic flair. She puts so much feeling and meaning into every track, you’ll feel the words hit your chest. The passion she delivers, makes you to feel how good this music is.

The Ep has a sound all of its own. It achieves a superb balance between professional production and understated clean minimalistic sound. It’s clear, crisp and uncluttered, and the compositions are strong enough to stand proud against some of the classics of this genre. The acoustic guitar and bass riffs will probably cause a few jaws to drop too, as they are just sublime in places. Toya’s sound is rugged R&B, dipped into heartrending soul, and all spiced up with a sprinkling of pop and rock.

My absolute favorites, “No Pressure” and “Let Me In,” are edgy, raw and impassioned. This is exactly where I think Toya should be. Her handling of slowly calibrated laments, is really overwhelming. This is the sound of a gifted artist who has created an extremely accomplished piece of art.

I could use dozens of superlatives but nothing could properly express my joy over the songs on this Ep, which are both organic sounding yet very sophisticated. So what’s so good about it? Well… everything really, but most of all Toya’s voice, which goes from soft and pure, to intense and confident. Sometimes in the same song.

She sounds so authentic, so real, and so unique, while the music creates stunning backdrops for her vocal deliveries, whether languid like “No Pressure,” or upbeat and groovy on “Nobody Like You.” The songs arouse all kinds of emotions from the beginning to the end, it takes you on a musical journey that will desperately leave you wanting more.

“Him…” sums up Toya Nash’s considerable talents. She has a fantastic voice, full of emotion, and is able to relate complex feelings in a simple form. This is the mark of a true vocal artist.

Hopefully next time around, Toya will deliver us a full length album, to bathe our ears in, as the four-tracks on this Ep is just a wicked teaser!

Multi-talented artist, Toya Nash

Multi-talented artist, Toya Nash

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